John Farrell, Sculptor

(b. 1829, d. 1901)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Fourth son of Terence Farrell (q.v.), was born in 1829. He was a pupil in the Modelling School of the Royal Dublin Society, and won a prize for a large model in 1846. He also studied drawing in the Royal Hibernian Academy. He worked with his brothers as a sculptor, and was an occasional exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1849 to 1894. He also exhibited in London in 1843, 1847 and 1855. Besides statuary work for churches, on which he and his brothers were principally employed, he did a number of fancy groups. His first work of this kind, "The Wanderer," was in the Dublin Exhibition of 1853; his "Soft Sleep of Happy Boyhood," in marble, was in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1858, and in the Dublin Exhibition of 1865. His "Judith," now belonging to Lord Ardilaun, and several other works, were in the Dublin Exhibition of 1872. A bust of the Rev. Dr. Yore is in the Convent of the Sisters of Charity, Merrion. John Farrell died in 1901, and was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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